It took me another few weeks before I had enough money to buy the other album, I rushed back to the store and it was closed, oh no I remember thinking then realized it was lunch time. All stores closed for lunch back then. Im not sure what I did whether I went to the park of back home but I do remember going back later in the afternoon and yes it was open. I quickly rushed over to the album section and under F, oh no it wasn’t there, it’s gone, I looked through some other categories like B for Billy, but no the album wasn’t there. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder the guy who served me previously [unfortunately I can’t remember his name] smiled at me and said is this what your looking for? It was Billy, I couldn’t believe it. He had actually put it behind the counter for me, not only that but he had two singles the before mentioned Halfway to Paradise and I’d never find another you. I was a few new pence too short, it didn’t matter turned out the owner was a big Billy fan and he let me off, saying to know that someone my age just 14 in 1976 liked bloody good music.
The store was in my home town of Sale and changed hands a few times in the eighties before finally closing down, but what great memories I have of visiting that record shop to build up my ever growing Billy Fury record collection.
Still in 1976 I couldn’t believe how smooth Billy’s voice was on all four songs of these two singles and all 16 songs from ‘BILLY’ the album. and next album I purchased was the ‘We Want Billy’ album. To hear him sing live was fantastic and through the years I wanted more and I got it all.
Around 1978/79 I saw a TV advert for an album it was Billy singing his greatest hits, I couldn’t grasp at first that they were re-recordings for K-TEL Billy recorded these after striking a deal with the record company after going into bankruptcy. It was Great to see Billy on the TV. This was the first time for me, being born later and missing all those wonderful Oh Boy and ready steady go shows amongst others.
By now I was working and I could afford any Elvis or Billy Release I wanted. With my old record store being under new management in 79 and going more in the punk rock direction, I had to go to Stretford for the latest albums plus a great golden oldies section. Funny enough the record store was right opposite the Stretford Essoldo where Billy performed his first show outside his hometown of Liverpool. But at this point in time I didn’t have a clue, as far as I knew it was a Bingo Hall. So What!
I walked in the store in Stretford after work and there it was.. The Ktel album on a stand staring out at me. What a great feeling that was. I bought it and couldn’t wait to get home and play it, even though i had heard all the songs before, but hey they were new recordings and that’s great with me